Tagged Pre-K

October 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

October is here and we are fall ing into lots of fun and free Fall activities and events here at the Free Library! Traditional and unique holidays throughout October include World Smile Day the first Friday of the month, World…

September 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

Feel that cool fall air? That means it’s September, and time for a new Early Literacy Calendar! September is the time we head back to school (or start school for the first time) and begin to settle in for fall. There's also…

August 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

Have you been participating in the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder program? You still have time to sign up! The in-person program ends on August 4, but runs online through August 31. Sign up today to get booklists and ideas for…

July 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

We all know that the 4th of July is Independence Day and that there will be celebrations involving food, but how about celebrating Chocolate Day on July 7 – yum! – or National Ice Cream Day on July 16, or National Lasagna…

Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Can Also Join the Summer of Wonder!

"Sign her up? But she can’t even read yet!" This was the reply by a caregiver at a recent Baby and Toddler Storytime , when I encouraged a mother to sign up her 18-month-old child for the Free Library’s summer…

June 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

Did you know that the Free Library’s Summer of Wonder program just started up again? And that it is for all ages? Yes, even newborns can participate – with the help of their grownups, of course! Our online Summer of Wonder…

May 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

Once you take a break from all of the great reading suggestions during this year's Children's Book Week , May is also a great month to get outside and play! We have lots to celebrate this month, including Cinco de Mayo on May 5,…

April 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

Happy April, everyone, whether you are an April Fool or not! April brings some fun holidays and celebrations, like Easter on April 16, Earth Day on April 22 – hey, you can never be too young to help save the earth! – and…

Words at Play Gets National Recognition!

Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative community partners are making big news! Jasmond "Jazz" Schoolfield, owner of Creative Image Unisex Salon on Cecil B. Moore Ave., is featured on the cover of the Spring 2017 issue of Children…

March 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

We’ve got a lot to celebrate throughout the month of March: Dr. Seuss ' birthday and National Read Across America Day are March 2. Check out our events calendar for a Dr. Seuss event happening at your local neighborhood…

February 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

February may be short on days but it is long on holidays and events to celebrate throughout Philadelphia , including Chinese New Year , Presidents' Day , Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), and the most love-ly holiday during the month…

Picture Book Highlights | Hap-pea All Year

Wow, 2016 just flew by!  We are now at the cusp of a brand new year, and what better way to celebrate than by reading a picture book? Our selection for this month's Picture Book Highlights , a series of posts where we put the…

Quality Pre-K Is Expanding In Philadelphia!

The City of Philadelphia has announced that it is expanding free, quality pre-K for 6,500 three- and four-year-olds over the next five years, with the first 2,000 seats available now! Families interested in the programs should act now,…

December 2016 Early Literacy Calendar

December is a time for family and feasts! It’s a great time to celebrate what makes a family and what we love to share with each other. And even though it hasn’t snowed quite yet, it is a great time to learn more about the…

Words at Play Community Partners Are Doing Great Things!

What do Philadelphia and Ypsilanti, Michigan have in common? Both cities have barbershops that are giving discounts to children who read to the barber during their haircut appointment. Inspired by the recent news of a barber in…

Picture Book Highlights | Owl Sees Owl

We are back with a new Picture Book Highlights , the series where we put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all of our libraries . This time it’s Owl Sees Owl , written by Laura Godwin and illustrated by…

Giving Thanks!

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and is always a good time to remind ourselves to be grateful. Expressing appreciation for what we have, noticing the small and big things in our lives that are good and positive, helps us feel more…

November 2016 Early Literacy Calendar

November is Native American Heritage Month , a great time to read books by and about Native Americans! This month’s book recommendations are by Native authors like Sherman Alexie , Cynthia Leitich Smith , and Joseph Bruchac , who…

Enjoy the Treat of Some Great Halloween Children's Books!

It’s time to think of costumes and go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood! How about getting ready for Halloween with some old friends? Join Llama Llama , Farmer Brown and the Barnyard Animals , plus Pete the Cat  in these…

Picture Book Highlights | Sing with Me!

At the beginning of every month, a new Early Literacy calendar —compiled by Free Library of Philadelphia’s children’s librarians—can be found on our blog. It is filled with suggestions of activities, books,…